Thursday, June 22, 2017

Good Green Snack Bars and Nuzest June Giveaway

Yes. They really are  GREEN!

Good Green Snack bar unwrapped


Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links.

I was quite excited when Nuzest sent me a few of their new Good Green Snack bars to sample.  This new bar is not just another energy bar or even a protein bar. Nope. Good Green Snack bars are multivitamin bars that contain a potent blend of carefully selected greens, fruits, vegetables and berries; plus, apoptogenic herbs, pre and probiotics, digestive enzymes and a full range of essential vitamins and minerals for optimum health and vitality.

They contain none of the stuff that you do not want... no fillers, no added sugars, nothing artificial. No ingredients are used containing gluten, dairy, eggs, soy or corn;  all ingredients are GMO free. There are no nasty chemicals, preservatives or artificial flavors; just concentrated, real-food ingredients with a multivitamin boost.  They do contain nuts and are produced on equipment that also processes food containing gluten.

Yes.  You can feel confident sharing the Good Green Snack bar with everyone in the family.



Now that we have all of that out of the way... how do they taste?  They are really quite delicious. There is a slight nutty flavor, and they are slightly sweet... the texture is sorta soft and sorta chewy.

You will likely notice the taste of dates, ginger, apricots, sunflower seeds and cashews.  The Captain loved them too... his first comment up seeing it... "It is green".  And, trusting me, he then he bit into it and declared it really good!

These bars are suitable for snacks, and to supplement your athletic endeavours and also help to provide some nutitional insurance to ensure you are getting what your body needs.  They contain only 150 calories and at 6g total fat, 20g carbs and 5g of protein, with very little sodium, they are a good bang for your nutrition buck!

Check out the product details on the Nuzest site... and then use this link to enter the June Giveaway... you just may win a few boxes of Good Green Snack Bars and some Clean Lean Protein for yourself.

June Giveaway

If you ever decide you want to purchase from the Nuzest site, please feel free to use the code EATRUNSAIL in order to receive a 15% discount on your purchase, and don't forget that you qualify for free shipping in Canada and the U.S. if your order hits the $50 mark.

What is your favorite energy snack?

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Summer Sizzle... 5 Ways to Beat the Heat

I live in a part of the World where we rarely have very hot Summer temperatures... it is often referred to as a Mediterranean climate... the Winters are very mild and the Summers are quite moderate and comfortable. We are on a peninsula and surrounded by sea water on 3 sides so that is a large factor in the weather.

But sometimes, just sometimes, we do have some sizzling hot and steamy days.  Not enough of them for my liking, but when we have them I do enjoy them.  And I make sure to take extra precautions for staying safe when out in the sunshine.

5 Ways to Beat the Heat by @eatrunsail


I am always a bit envious when I see some of you posting pictures of your long and sweaty runs in the California desert, or along the Chicago lakeshore... hot and dry or hot and humid...yes, I will take either.

But wherever Summer finds you, here are some things I hope you will think about while you are having fun in the sun with your friends and family:


Hydration

Of course we all know that we need more water when the temperatures get warmer. So, how do you make sure to stay hydrated?  I carry a water bottle with me when I go out at any time of the year. A bottle with a handle is easier to pack along.  I have several favorites in my cupboard... metal, glass and also BPA-free plastic.  And I do make sure to clean them between uses. I just tossed out two favorite metal bottles because they were getting a hard-water build up in them that I could not remove.

My city has a few cold water stations situated in some popular areas where you can safely refill your bottle with clean purified cold water.  Great for people and for pets.

And if you are finding that you sweat a lot, do make sure to replace some of the minerals your body is losing buy using some kind of electrolyte powder or drink. I like nuun, and have become an ambassador so I can purchase it at a discount.  I sometimes make nuun freezie pops.  And I know that some people make nuun ice-cubes too. If you are cramping up,  you may be dehydrated, and you may need electrolytes or even just salt.

There are also lots of recipes around for homemade electrolyte replacements as well.  Find one you like and make sure to use it.  And if you have a good, one, please leave a link to it  or just tell me how you make it, in the comments below this post.  Thanks!



Sunglasses

Since my eye surgery a few years ago, I find that my eyes are a lot more light-sensitive, even on duller days.  I have several pairs of sun glasses and keep a pair stashed in my day pack too. I have a tendency to lose them and hate to have to purchase a pair on the fly.  I never leave home without sun glasses. If I strain my eyes, the little blood vessels pop and I end up with bloodshot eyes for days on end. Not pretty!

I also find that sun glasses help protect my eyes against wind and pollen in the air.




Sunscreen

I know that there have been some conflicting reports in recent years about the safety of various sunscreens.  I have very fair skin and find that if I do not use a sunscreen I will burn fairly quickly.  I use SPF15 on my face even in Winter.  In the sunnier months, I use SPF30 for day to day wear, but if going outside for any length of time I use SPF45 or even 60.

I ususally use a creamy sunscreen with SPF30 or SPF45 on my chest, upper back, arms and legs too.

And I always use a balm with SPF30 or higher on my lips.  If my lips get too much sun exposure I will end up with a sun blister and no one wants that!  I carry a balm in my pocket and re-apply it often.



Sun Hats

I started wearing sun hats when I first began golfing many years ago because large brimmed golf hats were quite fashionable back in the day.  When we first moved onto the sailboat in the Summer of 2002, I began wearing a wide brimmed floppy sun hat or a cowboy hat to help keep my face from getting so tanned when out on the water.

Now I have a few sun hats in my closet and do wear one when I head up to the rooftop to lounge and read.  I picked up one that is made from a special fabric to take on our Hawaiian cruise a couple of years ago and find that it helps keep my hair from getting sun-damaged too.



Other Tips

  • If you are running or playing sports outdoors, try to do it in the cooler parts of the day... mornings or evenings.
  • Choose running routes and tennis courts that have some shade where possible.
  • Frequent places you can refill your water bottle.
  • Pack your phone with you,
  • Carry a change of socks in your pocket if you are going to be on your feet for any length of time. Clean socks feel amazing when your feet are hot and sweaty!
  • Pay attention to your body and watch for signs of overheating... clammy hands, too fast heart beat, nausea, dizziness. 
  • Do not overdo.  Take more frequent breaks. Sit down occasionally.

And please do not forget about your animal friends... they need water and shade just as much as people do on hot Summer days and their paws can burn on hot pavement!

Do you have any hot weather tips to share? 




Thursday, June 8, 2017

It's Strawberry Season... Let's Get Creative!

A few of my friends have mentioned that they love their protein smoothies and shakes but would like some ideas as to other ways to use the protein powders they are purchasing. I love using my protein powders in a variety of ways so I have decided to do a few posts to share some ideas with you.

Disclosure... this post contains affiliate links.

All of the fresh strawberries in my local markets have inspired me this week!  I do love strawberry season and am really enjoying the local berries I am finding in my favorite markets.

And, what better way to to enjoy those fresh juicy strawberries than in a Strawberry Smoothie Bowl or a Strawberry Protein Parfait?  Choose your favorite way to layer these delicious ingredients and you are sure to have a lovely breakfast or perhaps an afternoon snack.


Strawberry Smoothie Bowl
Strawberry Smoothie Bowl

Strawberry Protein Parfait
Strawberry Protein Parfait

I like to have all of my ingredients assembled before I start so that I can put them together fairly quickly after I have created my smoothie base.

To make the base, place one scoop or one packet of your strawberry protein powder with a frozen banana and two strawberries into your blender or food processor. Puree for a few minutes until you have a fluffy pink nice cream.

Food Processor mixture


Put that lovely thick pink mixture into the bottom of your parfait glass, or in your bowl. Or, if you are sharing, place in 2 glasses or bowls.

Strawberry nice cream

Now you have a lovely Strawberry Nice Cream that you could eat just as is... but it is more fun to dress it up a little.

To make my Strawberry Protein Parfait, I layered a few spoonfuls of yogurt and some sliced strawberries.  I topped it with hemp seeds.

The Strawberry Smoothie Bowl has some of The Captain's favorite cereal and sliced strawberries with a bit of yogurt.

The list of possible ingredients is limited only by your own imagination... granola, oats, qunino, almonds, walnuts, slices of bananas or other berries, nut butters, coconut shreds, chocolate chips, or chia seeds.  If you like it, toss it on top!

I used a single packet of my favorite Wild STRAWBERRY Clean Lean Protein from Nuzest along with a frozen banana and 2 medium strawberries to make both the Strawberry Smoothie Bowl and the Strawberry Protein Parfait.  The Captain and I enjoyed them as an afternoon snack.  You might certainly eat the whole mixture yourself if you are making it for your breakfast, or you could use only half the ingredients too if you prefer.

I am a big fan of Nuzest Wild STRAWBERRY Clean Lean Protein.  It is a vegan powder, made from Eurpean Golden Peas in a chemical free process.  It contains no GMOs, no gluten, no soy, no dairy, no nuts, no eggs, and contains only a few carbs and fat as well.  It also has no artificial colors or flavors.

Nuzest Packets

You can find out more information on the Nuzest web site, and if you do decide to go ahead and order, make sure to use the code EATRUNSAIL to get a 15% discount at checkout.  Nuzest ships to both Canada and the U.S. and offers free shipping on orders over $50.

Strawberry fan?  How do you enjoy them?

Monday, June 5, 2017

May in Pictures

If you follow me on Instagram you likely saw some of my #MayIsMyMonth posts. I had a significant birthday in May and decided to celebrate the whole month long with something special to me each and every day... from visits to new restaurants, new foods, new activities and adventures.. and it all culminated in a week long getaway where I experiences a first-ever full body massage, a whale watching boat tour, a black bear watching boat tour and many beach walks, and a rainforest... it was a lot of fun and I want to share just a few pics with you...














Really looking forward to June... and now I am off to the golf course.  Catch you soon!

What was your favorite thing in May?


Friday, May 19, 2017

Nuzest News... New Recipes, A Sale, and a Fabulous Giveaway!

Yowzers!  There are so many different ways to use protein powders these days... many clever foodies are baking up a storm, and powering up even decadent desserts with protein.  They are making fudge, and cookie dough.  They are baking cookies and cakes and flipping flapjacks.  They are powering up hummus, and sauces of all kinds with added protein.

A favorite protein powder of mine is this 100% golden pea protein from Nuzest. Clean Lean Protein. It is a complete protein that is vegan, with no soy, dairy, eggs or nuts... no additives or preservatives... no fillers no sugars or sweeteners.  And I liked it so much I signed up to be an affiliate.

In spite of that little commercial, I do think you will want to check out some of these creative and tasty ideas from Nuzest  for yourself.

Here is one that I know my vegan friends in particular will enjoy.  It uses aquafaba from chickpeas instead of egg whites.  Click on the image to follow the link to the recipe.


I urge you to check the Nuzest site regularly for new ideas or sign up for the newsletter if you like.

If you do decide to purchase, use my affiliate code eatrunsail to receive a 15% discount.  And remember, shipping is free on orders over $50. That is a big deal these days... especially for Canadians where shipping costs are very high.

And here is a bit of terrific news... the Creamy Cappuccino is on sale right now.  That's right!



Creamy Cappuccino Clean Lean Protein with a best by date of September 2017 is now on clearance. Click on the image to shop.  Unfortunately the discount code does not apply to clearance items.  But I am looking at picking up 2 of them myself... Happy Birthday to me!


And last, but certainly not least, Nuzest has a terrific giveaway happening throughout the month of May.

You have an opportunity to be one of 5 lucky people who will win a tub of Clean Lean Protein, and a tub of Quick Vita Kick, along with one Good Green Snack bar.  Follow the link on the image to enter.  Canadians and Americans may enter.

Have you entered the giveaway yet?








Wednesday, May 10, 2017

6 Ways to Maintain Motivation

Sometimes I get lazy with my self-care routines and practices.  I always start out a new program with all kinds of good intentions and motivation.  And, after a while, even if it is going well, and I am seeing results, I tend to start to slack off and take vacations from my new habit... until I realize I have given it up completely and need to start again.

This has happened with food plans, exercise programs, evening skin care practices... and even with my supplements.  I am not sure why this happens but have been doing some self-evaluation and make an effort to turn it around.

I have come up with a list of ways to keep myself on right track... to keep my motivation to practice my new habits more consisitently.  Perhaps they will be helpful to you, too.


6 Ways to Maintain Motivation by @eatrunsail


1.  Keep the WHY in mind. Set SPECIFIC and TIME-RELATED goals.

I find I do much better if I have a particular why or goal in mind.  When I am training for a running event, I know that I need to do my training runs as specified in order to actually be able to run a successful race.

Last Summer I wanted to rock a particular dress at my nephew's wedding so I worked hard on my food and exercise plan to make that happen.  I wanted to look good in the pictures that would be taken throughout the day and that vanity kept me on track.  Who cares if your WHY is shallow or vain. It is YOUR why and whatever it is, it is valid.

2. Make sure your expectations are REALISTIC.

This is a big one for me and in the past I have fallen into the trap of setting a goal that is just not attainable. It can be very crippling.  I think now I probably don't reach high enough but I really do not like to fail.  So, I make sure I am setting goals that are challenging but do-able.

You may be able to lose 10 pounds in a month, but you probably cannot do it in a week!

3. Make an ACTION PLAN and outline the PROCESS in detail.

It is all well and good to say you want to do a 5 km run in 6 weeks, but if you are not running at all, you had better have a plan.  Do some research and find a program such as C25K that you can follow and that you want to follow.  It might entail working with a coach, or joining a group.  Write out your
plan in specific detail, including your shopping list for equipment/supplies, your schedule and anything you need to do to make these steps happen. Do you need a babysitter?  Do you need to set up a phone app with reminders?  The more details the better.

4. Make sure your plan fits your LIFESTYE and your TIMETABLE.

If you like to sleep in on Saturday morning, and your new running group gets together at 7 a.m.  how likely are you to stay with it?  If your husband or partner wants to have dinner with you every evening, you are not likely going to want to attend a 6 p.m. Weight Watchers meeting.  You have to be happy and comfortable with your plan or you will not follow it. If your family is unhappy, you will not follow it. If you are tired and miserable, you will not follow it.  I am not saying you cannot make changes, but I doubt that overhauling your life is going to work for very long.

5.  Keep a JOURNAL.

This is key for me, whether a food journal or a training diary.  I like to keep notes and see my progress. And I pretty it up with colored pens and stickers! I like the process of writing down what I am doing and seeing my efforts in writing.

6. REVIEW, EVALUATE, and EVOLVE. 

Celebrate successes. Forgive failures.  Change the plan if your progress is way more or way less than you expect.  It is important to keep on top of things and I think that these reviews help with commitment and interest and ultimately with motivation.

Motivation and commitment are very personal and will change from person to person, and even throughout our lives.

What motivates you to keep going with a new program or a new habit?

Monday, May 1, 2017

May is My Month... Indulging in a Little Self-Care

I said so long to April with a wonderful morning run.  I woke up on Sunday to a beautiful and sunny, if somewhat windy, morning and could hardly wait for an hour after drinking my protein shake to lace up my Mizunos and get outside.

Last run in April

This run was a bit further than the last outing... no faster certainly, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Sometimes I tell myself I really ought to give up running altogether but when it goes this well, I know I am not quite ready to call it quits.

Instead of drinking water while I stretched and cooled afterward, I tried a protein recovery shake.  A while back I won this tub of Vega protein in a giveaway but had never tried it.  Every time I have gone to use it, I see that is says RECOVERY on the label and back away.

Vega


I do not usually have a protein drink after I run or workout so it has sat neglected in my pantry. Well, I am looking to new horizons at the moment so I decided to give it a try... with plain water as suggested on the label. And it was pretty tasty.  How wrong can you go with Vanilla anyway?

I realized, that with having the pre-run shake, and then the after-run recovery shake, that an actual breakfast would be out of the question, so just showered and got on with my day.  I ended up having a nice afternoon outing with The Captain and loving some more outdoor time under the warm sun and blue skies. These beautiful Spring days have been much too rare this year to not get out and enjoy them.

So, you may be wondering why May is My Month.  It happens that I have a May birthday.  It also happens to coincide with a national holiday called Victoria Day, for the birthday of a famous monarch who ruled the British Empire for many, many years. She is also the namesake of the city I where I live.  I am sure you will have heard of her.

I love to share my birthday with Queen Victoria, because the Monday on or before the actual date is a holiday so our co-birthday often falls on a long weekend.  When I was in school or working, I usually had it off.  That is not the case this year however... the actual day falls after the Monday holiday and that turns out to be a good thing, as we have planned a little birthday getaway. It will be nice to have the hustle bustle of the weekend out of the way before we start out.  Details about that little trip and planned activities will come later.  But I am pretty excited about some of it...

This is going to be a significant birthday for me number-wise so I have decided to ramp up the celebrations somewhat and indulge myself a little...  or perhaps it will turn out to be a lot!  Every day this month I am going to give myself a little birthday gift... it can be something I do for myself, or make for myself, something I feed myself, or even purchase for myself... it can be anything that I consider self-pampering or self-supportive or even self-indulgent.  It might be as simple as a cup of matcha tea outside in the sunshine with a magazine, or even 20 minutes soaking in a bubble bath... as long it is something I want or enjoy, it will count. 

Usually on my birthday, I do something nice for someone else... and I will, but this year, I am taking the month of May to celebrate me!

The whole point is to emphasize the need for self-care and self-love... both of which I know I often tend to ignore or put off, and I am sure many others do as well.   I will be using the hashtag #MyIsMyMonth on IG and Twitter to promote my self-indulgence.

Today is the first of May.  My first gift to myself was a delicious and nutritious spinach and blueberry chocolate protein shake before I headed to the fitness room to do my kettlebell workout this morning. 

Choc smoothie


I am not sure what the rest of the day holds... but I do know there will be cake!  This Simple Chocolate Mug Cake with Greek yogurt and minty chocolate sugar free syrup is on the list for my first day of celebrations!

Cake



Do join me if you like.  You can find the recipe here.  

Do you celebrate your birthday month too?  What is your favorite way to indulge yourself?  Do you use a particular recovery shake after your workouts/runs?





Monday, April 24, 2017

Loving Lately... April 2017 Edition

With our weather finally getting a bit warmer, and the days definitely getting longer, I am somewhat inclined to get out and run more often. So far my runs are not getting any longer but certainly more frequent.  It is harder to get motivated to get out there when not training for a specific event for sure and when I am spending so many hours on my legs with all of the walking I have been doing too... some of that will have to go I think, especially when my tennis season begins.

I am also making an effort to do more yoga. I love Yoga when I am actually doing it. I have been using the Yoga Fix workout from the 21 Day Fix DVD series I bought from Beachbody a few years back. I like that it is only 20 minutes long and has a series of Sun Salutations and balance poses that I am familiar with and comfortable doing. It gives me a good stretch and makes me feel like I am doing something good for myself.   I really appreciate that I can do these sessions in front of my tv, in the privacy of my own surroundings, and have to admit that they are often done in my jammies!




I normally enjoy a protein shake with some blended fruit in it before my morning workouts on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  Lately I have been keeping a bag of fresh spinach leaves in the freezer, and at least once a week I add some to my smoothie.  If I have a piece of banana, or some berries along with the protein powder and nut milk, it makes a delicious drink... kinda pretty!  And I think it is a great way to get in some vitamins and fibre as well.



I don't do a lot of food prep... but there are a few things I like to make sure to have on hand so will normally take a bit of time on Saturday or Sunday to  make a bit for the week ahead.

I love this Cloud Bread or Revolution Rolls... just egg and Greek yogurt baked into soft buns. I use them for burgers and sandwiches and store them in the freezer. They thaw in minutes, too and the texture doesn't change.




This past weekend I baked a spaghetti squash and will use it for a couple of breakfasts or lunches. I have started cutting them cross-wise before baking as I find the strands separate so much easier this way... and last night when my husband barbecued chicken breasts, I had him cook a few extra... also for lunches. Nice to have that ready to just slice and toss into salads or quick soups.



I love to experiment in the kitchen. Yesterday I made a Zucchini Grilled Cheese Sandwich and used a mixture of grated zucchini and beaten eggs as the bread... delicious!  I made one with ham for The Captain and he loved it... and he is not a zuke fan by any means.



I put a few slices of cheddar on top of the patties to melt and then stacked them.  Kinda messy so I ate it with a knife and fork but really tasty!

We spent some time on Saturday, which just happened to be Earth Day, working on our container garden on our balcony/deck.  Love the little green oasis we are putting together. 




And I am also loving that I am getting this dental work done and behind me. This coming week I will  have 2 old fillings replaced and also prep work done for one more crown. Not loving the $$ it is costing but will be so nice to have it done and behind me and off my mind.

What are you loving lately?








Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Premier Protein Bars


When I was given the opportunity to try these gluten-free PREMIER PROTEIN bars through my association with FitFluential I eagerly jumped at the chance.

I have been a longtime fan of PREMIER PROTEIN and whenever they begin marketing a new product in Canada I am on board. These new high protein bars are now available at Costco stores throughout the country.  I was really excited when I got my hands on this box last week.

PREMIER PROTEIN BARS


When I opened the box I was happily surprised to find good sized, hefty bars inside.  They weigh about 72g (2-1/2 ounces) each, and at 280 - 290 calories, they are definitely not a snack bar!

These PREMIER PROTEIN bars are meant to be eaten when you have missed a meal, or want a great high-protein refuel after a workout, or need something substantial to tide you over till your next meal.  

Each bar contains 30g of healthy protein and 3 g of fibre and they are also a pretty good source of calcium. And I must repeat... they are gluten-free.  They are also relatively low in fat and carbs.  I am all about the protein these days and I know many of you are as well.

My biggest dilemma was which one to try first... just look at these terrific flavors!

PREMIER PROTEIN BARS

Dark Chocolate Mint

Chocolate Peanut Butter

Yogurt Peanut Crunch


Eventually I chose the Dark Mint Chocolate to try first... and I shared it with The Captain after a recent morning run. We came in and stretched, then drank some water and we both felt like we needed a little something to eat, so I unwrapped a bar and split it in half and we shared it.


PREMIER PROTEIN BAR

I loved this bar! It is a nice, dark chocolate with a light mint flavor. Not too sweet. And I really like the crunch.  Made me feel like I was eating something substantial... and even with sharing it I was still getting in 15g of protein.

The next bar I tasted was the Yogurt Peanut Crunch.  The Captain and I hit a local mall to do some shopping late one morning so I tossed a bar into my purse  before we left home as I know The Captain's penchant for mall Chinese food at lunchtime... me not so much.  The Yogurt Peanut Crunch bar made a good filling lunch for me, and I thoroughly enjoyed nibbling it,  along with a cup of steaming hot chai tea.  I had something slightly sweet and crunchy to enjoy and was not the least tempted by any of the mall fast food outlets.  

PREMIER PROTEIN BAR

The Yogurt Peanut Cruch bar has a white yogurty coating and a very light peanut flavor.  Nice. And it kept me satisfied for several hours, too.  That is important.

So, that left the Chocolate Peanut Butter bar... did I leave the best for last?  Mmmm.  Yup, I think so! We like to walk to the beach, and from our place, we can go three different directions and be on a lovely beach in about 20 minutes so it is one of our favorite activities on a nice day.  I tucked a bar into my pocket before we left on our walk... it made a lovely snack to share as we sat on a log and relaxed in the sunshine while soaking up the fresh salt air.  Mmmm.

PREMIER PROTEIN BAR


PREMIER PROTEIN BAR
Definitely a good combination of chocolate and peanut butter - if that is your jam, then THIS is your bar!

I have since discovered that these PREMIER PROTEIN bars also work for me very nicely when I want a little taste of something sweet... I just cut a bar into 4 pieces and nibble on one of them, putting the rest away for another time.  I get to enjoy a crunchy and delicious treat, knowing that I am giving myself something that is not packed full of fat or sugar, and has lots of protein to keep me satisfied... no sugar rush and ensuing crash!

So, whether having a bar as a meal replacement, or an after-workout refuelling snack, or even as a bit of sweet-tasting treat, these PREMIER PROTEIN bars do fit into my lifestyle very easily.

Remember, if you are in Canada, you can now purchase these PREMIER PROTEIN bars at Costco locations across the country.

Which of the three flavors sounds the yummiest to you?


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Nanami Green Tea #7daydrinkgreen Challenge

I was recently given an opportunity to sample Nanami  Green Tea through my association with FitFluential.  These are organic geen teas from the Kyoto region in Japan.

I was given the Nanami Zen Set, made up of 4 different organic green teas, along with a tea brewing guide, and asked to take part in a #7daydrinkgreen challenge.  This challenge involves giving up soda and sugary drinks in favor of water and the Nanami Green Teas for 7 days.  I eagerly accepted.  I never drink sugary drinks anyway and knew I could easily forego soda in favor of green tea for at least the required 7 days.

NANAMI GREEN TEA


My experience with green tea is very limited.  I do occasionally enjoy Matcha powder and have done a bit of experimenting with it.  But I admit... most of the green tea I have drunk has come in the form of a tea bag, so all of these exotic looking tea leaves seemed a bit intimidating.

I started the #7daydrinkgreen challenge on Sunday, April 9th.  The first thing I did was to read throught the brewing guide from start to finish, and learned about the 4 different teas in the Nanami Zen Set and when and how to brew and enjoy them.

The first tea I decided to try is called SENCHA.  Nanami Green Tea says that it is high in caffeine with a fesh, lively flavor.  They suggest you use it for pre/post workouts because it provides an energy burst.  I chose to have it mid-morning when I might normally go for a cup of coffee.  I was quite surprised at the lovely bright green color of the leaves.

NANAMI GREEN TEA


And the taste? It is very refreshing... and it tastes and smells green, too.

I chose to try the MATCHA for my second tea sampling. I am familiar with Matcha tea so I decided to make a Matcha Latte to enjoy in the afternoon as a snack.

NANAMI GREEN TEA


I put just less than a teaspoonful of the Matcha tea powder into a mug, and added about an ounce of very hot water and stirred it to make a paste.  Then I added about a cup of  unsweetened almond milk that I had heated to steaming in the microwave oven... a bit of stevia and it was done.


This is definitely going to become an afternoon favorite and The Captain really liked it too. There is more caffein in this variety.  It is a versatile powder that can be added to smoothies or nice cream or even just stirred into yogurt. And I understand that some people like to stir Matcha tea powder into sauces and baked goods, too.  And it is high in antioxidants.

Apparently this is also good as an iced, cold drink... I have yet to try it but will be doing that soon.

The GENMAICHA tea leaves are blended with roasted organic brown rice.

NANAMI GREEN TEA

Nanami Green Tea suggests that the Genmaicha tea can be drunk before meals in order to suppress one's appetite. I admit to enjoying it any time of the day.   It is low in caffeine and so we can also enjoy it in the evening without any concerns about sleep interruption.

And the HOJICHA has become my favorite. 

NANAMI GREEN TEA

It is somewhat nutty tasting.  I love that it is lower in caffeine and it brews up into a beautiful carmel color... actually has a slight carmel taste, too.

NANAMI GREEN TEA

I have been brewing the Hojicha tea in my French Press so that I can enjoy the color... what I really need, is a set of clear glass tea cups... I think the visual appeal of these teas really adds to the enjoyment of the tea experience.  This tea is lower in caffeine too.

And so my #7daydrinkgreen challenge has come to an end... but not my enjoyment of these Nanami Green Teas.  I plan to keep using them and broaden my green tea horizons and knowledge.

The Nanami Zen Set included four types of organic green designed to power up and support your daily activity.  Organic certified.  Calorie-free.  Sugar-free.  All natural. From Uji Kyoto, Japan.

If you are interested in learning more, and trying Nanami Green Tea yourself, do follow this link to their web site.  And use coupon code EATRUNSAIL15 for a 15% discount on any purchases you make.  This code has been provided by Nanami Green Tea for readers of my blog only. I will not profit in any way from your use of the code.

Are you a tea fan, too? What is your favorite?